Out of the rain

Out of the rain

A young lady steps out of the rain on Tuckey Street, Cork last Saturday. What you don’t see in this shot is the large group of photographers behind me, sheltering under the awning outside Tribes. A torrential rain shower had just passed and thankfully was the last we saw.

PS. Cork photowalkers! Upload your images to this group on Flickr! Or you can upload them to Pix.ie too. Make sure to tag them “cork”, “corkphotowalk”, “skphoto” and “worldwidephotowalk” for maximum exposure!

Aperture ƒ/1.8
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 50mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/1000s

Poor old Clyde

clyde radcliffe exterminates all the unfriendly repulsive earth ridden slime

Poor Clyde. At one time he exterminated all the unfriendly repulsive earth ridden slime in the 1990 Thalamus game Creatures on the C64, Amiga and Atari ST, but now look at him. He’s missing his feet, his eyes are starting to go brown with age and he’s looking the worse for wear. No wonder, he’s almost 20 years old. For years he sat on top of my monitor. His feet stuck to the beige surface, but alas they were amputated when I moved out and between this and that he never got them back.
If you’ve never played Creatures, then find a C64 emulator (Vice is a good one), and look for the game. It’s easy to find as it sold bucket loads when originally released. The Roland Brothers did a great job of coding this masterpiece. Here’s the original Zzap! 64 review of the game. Brings back plenty of fond memories!

All this leads me to today’s post. I cleaned up my office with the help of my wife. I can see the floor now. There are no magazines lying around. Adam had great fun messing with some of my lens covers and bits and pieces while we cleaned. To my surprise I found the Autofocus On/Off switch from my Sigma 10-20 lens. There it is! I had no idea it was in my office. I was convinced I had lost it while out walking! Also pictured is the cover of the Canon 50mm f1.8 lens I used to take this shot.

In the background is this month’s issue of Retro Gamer. There’s a special on Zelda, a game I’ve never played except for 5 minutes on Starlight Princess on the Wii. Apparently the series is quite famous and well liked.

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 50mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/60s

Daffodil Day

Daffodil Day is fast approaching on Friday so I thought a photo of these gorgeous flowers was appropriate.

Daffodil Day is when cancer charities all over the world raise a large portion of their funds by selling daffodils. If you see an official seller please support a good cause and give generously.

I gave away a Daffodil Day header image last year on my blog. Actually, I’m still using it since then as my blog’s banner so I’m rather pleased with it!

Buy this image before Friday and you’ll support charity
Daffodil Day is next Friday. I’ve just started selling this image of daffodils on rebubble.com. If I make any sales before or on Friday I’ll give any profit I make to The Irish Cancer Society.

Red Bubble is a business and charge a base price on every print sold. I make a few Euro from each sale but no matter how many or how few prints I sell I’ll add 50 Euro to whatever profit is there. Even if I sell no prints (which I admit is quite likely), the Irish Cancer Society collector in Blarney will get a nice crisp 50 Euro note straight out of the ATM at lunch time on Friday.

If you think this is just a ploy to make some photo sales, then put your money where your mouth is and give generously to a Daffodil Day collector on Friday. If they’re not collecting in your area, I’m sure some worthwhile charity is!

Call me Spike

Frost covered weeds still manage to grow and thrive in the cold.

I saw this wonderful speckled white plant growing from a ditch yesterday morning and it looked very ominous. When I converted it to black and white I saw myself looking at something abstract, possibly evil, something that could be microscopic or huge.

I wouldn’t hang this photo on a wall, but I love it!

The frosty daffodil

This morning was a frosty one. My breath made clouds in the air and a light breeze carried away the warmth in the shadows.

Thankfully there was a lovely sunrise that more than made up for the cold. Down at the end of our park there’s a small green area, and this is the second year that daffodils have grown there. Luckily the frost didn’t seem to do them any harm.

"Sioc" is the Irish word for frost. I don’t know why but it’s one of my favourite. Maybe it has a lingering connection with cold frosty mornings from my childhood.
“Sioc” is pronounced almost exactly like the English word “shook”.

The cat’s in the cradle

Michelle looks out from her home at the dreary wet day ahead and the annoying photographer in the doorway. A few seconds later she scampered off under the bushes but was back when I disappeared.

Cats love their comfort and Michelle is no exception. She’s spoilt rotten like most house cats and never has a worry in the world!

This is one of my first shots with my shiny new Canon 50mm f1.8 lens. It was delivered while I was at the conference on Wednesday and I’m very impressed already. It’s horribly sharp and fast. The shallow depth of field offered by an aperture of f1.8 is beautiful and falls off from the sharp in-focus bits really nicely.